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US assures continued support for Sri Lanka throughout crisis

US Under Secretary Victoria Nuland has assured continued support for Sri Lanka through its economic crisis, as she met with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Ali Sabry in New York this week.

On her official Twitter account Nuland stated that, “The United States will continue to support Sri Lanka through its economic crisis, and we will work together to support a free and prosperous region”.

The meeting took place at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Sri Lanka is currently facing its worst ever economic crisis.

Last month, the United States in partnership with Save the Children, donated 320 metric tons of split yellow peas to Sri Lanka.

“The donation reflects the US's efforts to scale up food security operations worldwide in order to save lives and alleviate suffering,” said a US embassy statement. 

Nuland’s meeting comes just days after USAID Administrator, Samantha Power, visited the island and met with representatives of opposition parties to discuss Sri Lankan governance.

During the meeting, TNA MP M.A Sumanthiran advised Power “that accountability must be pursued at the UNHRC and elsewhere”. Sri Lanka is currently being discussed by the UN Human Rights Council, where a resolution on accountability for mass atrocities is to be taken up.

Read more from the US Embassy Sri Lanka here.

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